Hampshire DofE Gold Residential - Become a Zoo Keeper at Dartmoor Zoo - Monday 28th August to Friday 1st September 2023


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Hampshire DofE Gold Residential - Become a Zoo Keeper at Dartmoor Zoo

Monday 28th August to Friday 1st September 2023

Hampshire DofE, in conjunction with Dartmoor Zoo (the home of 'We Bought a Zoo'), offer a unique and Award winning 5-day zoo keeper's residential. This enjoyable opportunity is perfect for anyone with a passion for animals, nature conservation or looking to study in a related area.


Dartmoor Zoo and local bunkhouse

What’s included?

  • Accommodation in the heart of Dartmoor National Park and all food
  • Transport from and to Winchester (if required)
  • All transfers to and from the zoo
  • A 5-day residential that combines theory-based tasks with practical zoo experiences!
  • A written reference from the zoo stating your hours of work experience for animal/vet related applications

What's involved?

  • Practical experiences with fully qualified educators and senior level Dartmoor Zoo staff team
  • A sleepover at the zoo, providing an insight into the wild world of the zoo at night
  • Animal encounters
  • Animal training and behaviour workshops
  • Animal handling and care
  • A morning of animal husbandry rounds
  • ‘We designed a Zoo’ Challenge

Participants feedback

“An incredible experience where I felt safe and comfortable in the company of a great group of people, having fun every day. I would strongly recommend this residential to anyone like myself who simply likes animals or anyone who is looking to pursue a career in animals/ conservation/environment. It was engaging and interesting and I learnt extensively about a variety of aspects of animals, the environment and careers involving animals”- Annabel

”It was enjoyable and interesting and provided a very good insight into what it is like to work in a zoo/with animals. It was well-organised and enjoyable and great to meet new people”- Ella- Sir William Perkins’s School

“The best decision choosing this residential, I loved every part of it! The opportunity to make friends with other students who all share a common passion. Extremely organised residential, memorable, and overall, the best experience”- Harriet- Kenilworth School

“Definitely would recommend this residential, it’s different from the 'usual' residential and most likely will never get the opportunity to experience anything like that ever again. As well as being fun, its informative which was a big bonus”- Polly- Barton Peveril College

Details and booking

For more information on the Duke of Edinburgh's Award Gold Residential, contact: dofe@hants.gov.uk or to book visit our booking site.

Price: Full price £650.00, deposit £150.00

If the deposit option has been chosen here is the link to the instalment options that follow


If you wish to cancel your place on a course, notify the Hampshire DofE office as soon as possible.

You will incur the full cost of the course if:

you cancel less than two weeks before the course takes place
you fail to attend a course you are booked on
We reserve the right to cancel a course should the numbers fail to reach the minimum required to make the course viable. Delegates will be notified of the cancellations, a transfer will be offered and a refund made.

Note: This course is run on minimum numbers. If numbers are not reached a full refunded will be issued.

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